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Aurora, Ohio is situated in Portage County. In 1799, a parcel of land in the Connecticut Western Reserve was drawn in a lottery by the Big Beaver Land Company. They hired former Revolutionary War soldier Captain Ebenezer Sheldon as their agent and to settle the land. Sheldon left his family behind and became the first white man to enter the township with the goal of settling. He built himself a log cabin on a piece of land which straddles the Chagrin River and soon brought his family down to live with him, thereby making his family the first family in Aurora. In fact, they were the only family in the township for more than three years. But the trend of moving west was strong, given stories about the riches that awaited pioneers, and after about three years, they began arriving in the area, and the Cleveland-Warren Road was built in 1802 by Captain Sheldon to accommodate travel. By 1807, they were moving so quickly that 72 people settled in the township that year alone. By 1850, there were two general stores, two hotels, and two taverns, as well as a blacksmith, a harness maker, three shoemakers, two tailors, a lawyer, and two physicians. Today, Aurora is home to the Aurora Golf and Country Club.

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